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Zizek and Theology


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Part I; Introduction - A Materialist Theology?; Short biography; General overview of Zizek's trajectory; 1. Ideology critique and nationalism (early 90's); 2. Theory of revolutionary subjectivity (late 90's/early 2000's); 3. Philosophy of freedom (current work); Initial background; 1. Basic concepts of Lacanian psychoanalysis used by Zizek; 2. The Hegelian style of argument; 3. Zizek's materialism: revising Marx, reviving Lenin; 4. Use of popular culture; Part II; 1. Ideology critique (Sublime Object of Ideology); 2. A theory of nationalism (Tarrying With the Negative); 3. The revolutionary subject (The Ticklish Subject); 4. The subversive core of Christianity (Fragile Absolute, Puppet and the Dwarf, The Parallax View); 5. Freedom and materialism (The Parallax View); 6. Appendix: Cultural and political analysis; Part III; 1. The reception/response in theology; 2. Radical Orthodox critics; 3. Assessing Zizek's contribution as a philosophical reader of Paul; 4. Possible future connections; 5. Zizek in light of Bonhoeffer's "religionless Christianity"; 6. Zizek and "death of God" theology.

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Adam Kotsko is a teaching assistant at Chicago Theological Seminary, USA.


"a useful introduction to i ek's theological writing - and it will be especially useful for those who've been wanting to read i ek, but don't know where to start" Dr Benjamin Myers, Faith and Theology Blog
"this remains the best introduction to Zizek and theology currentlt available" "theologians sarching for handles by which to grapple with Zizek are indebted to Kotsko for his work" Religious studies Review, June 2009--Sanford Lakoff

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